Group Donates to Warm the Children ~
ECHO (Elderly Citizens Helping Others) group of Westwood Landing
presented $200 to Pandora Neuhart for the Warm the Children
Fund. The ECHO group raises money throughout the year by making
and selling their homemade greeting cards, cookbooks, walker
bags, and potholders. These items can be purchased in the front
lobby at Westwood Landing Assisted Living, Airport Road in Woodsfield. Front row
seated are Marjorie Jacobs, Ada Schumacher and Jessie Snyder.
Back row standing are Jo Corbett, Tammy Marcum, Westwood
Activity Director, Pandora Neuhart, Vi Miller, ECHO President,
Wilbur Jeffers and Betty Dindios.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
Pray for a good harvest but continue to hoe.
You’re not a failure if you fall down, but you are if you stay
Here it is 2010, I hope you didn’t overdo things over the
weekend. We held our regular New Year’s Eve party. We watched
the large ball drop in New York City then went to
bed. No headache on Jan. 1. Actually, I think this is what we
will do. Because of the New Year’s holiday, the deadline for
Around the Burnside is a couple of days earlier.
So I have no idea what happened on New Year’s Eve. I’m trying to
write ahead of time so I can take some time off. Hope I can
think of something to write about. Also I hope we do not have a
big snow storm between now and when you are reading this.
Thanksgiving was hog butchering time. There was always help
around this time so Dad always planned when there was help
around. They always found time to do a little rabbit hunting
I always looked forward to hog butchering because there was
someone around to help with the work.
The best thing was a big charge of tenderloin would be on the
table in a day or two. The first thing was a mess of liver.
Tough to beat a plate of liver, plenty of mustard and a sizable
mess of onions. This is what you call eating high off the hog.
Come to think of it, I haven’t had a mess of liver for some time
Did you hear about the fifth grader that came home and told his
Dad, “I finally got a 100 today.” The father replied, “That’s
excellent. In what subject?” “50 in math and 50 in English,” he
Christmas time was when we butchered our beef. Most likely it
was a Jersey
steer we had put in the barn for a while and fed him ear corn.
Once again there was plenty of help.
I do not know if it’s true or not, but I heard the university
would hold beef taste tests and Jersey
beef won every time. Regardless, it was mighty fine eating.
As I recall a big part of the beef was canned because of no
freezer. Dad did hang one of the rounds on the back porch. Dad
would slice some off, Mom would pound it good with the round
part of a ball pein hammer, cover it with flower, then fry it on
the coal stove. Now that’s what I call eating. The round (leg)
would hang on the porch until it was gone. OK, it was covered
with a cloth of some kind.
I really do not remember celebrating New Year’s. I guess I
remember the old man with whiskers and a scythe and a baby
representing the new year. I really don’t know why. Maybe
because we were heading back to school the next day. On the
other hand, I think I just went to bed New Year’s Eve and woke
up next year, no big deal. Then when you get up in the morning,
take care of the old cows, and milk and clean the barn, you got
to bed before midnight.
No TV games, no TV, only a few bowl games, no interest in
football, there was little else to stay up for. Maybe cards,
dominos, a hot game of tiddley winks was about it. I was a lousy
Holy: “Have you ever seen the Catskill
Mountains?” Moly: “No, but I’ve seen what they do to
The football season is over except for the run to the Super
Bowl. I never got too excited over the Super Bowl. I guess if
the Steelers don’t wake up and get going a bunch of Steeler fans
will be disappointed this year.
I guess most of the college bowl games are over and I do not
know if the Buckeyes won the Rose Bowl or if they played their
usual bowl game. Oh well, wait till next year.
This is the last “Around the Burnside” written in 2009 but the
first one published in 2010. Man, a lot of water has gone over
the dam since 1925. Hope I can keep it up.
This time of year you kind of wonder what the new year holds for
you. I think it’s probably good we do not know what the new year
has in mind.
It really doesn’t seem like we moved to the county 40 years ago.
Gosh, that’s nearly half my life. I will say, for the most part,
it has been a very enjoyable place to live.
Some of the things that made it enjoyable were the students I
had in class and those who were not in my class, friends over
the county, the community, the county and the people living in
the county. What I’m trying to say, I’ve really enjoyed my time
living in Monroe
Have a good year!
It’s never too late to be what you might have been.
As I am relaxing this morning following a very busy Christmas
Day I think back through 2009 and wonder about 2010. What will
our local economy be like? What will our American economy be
like? Will there be job growth? Or will there be more “selling
out” to foreign soil?
I think about all the local businesses that have closed. I won’t
even attempt to identify them but if you have been paying
attention, you know as well as I what businesses are no longer
available for our patronage. And this statistic doesn’t include
the industrial sites that have closed or reduced employment
I also think about the ones that are still operating, providing
me and my family with an opportunity to buy locally. Again, I
won’t attempt to identify all of them. Some of them have been
very good to me. They have sold to me a quality product and have
provided unprecedented support to me if the product gave me
trouble. Because of what I perceive as a genuine caring for me
from them I try to purchase all future items, that I’m in need
of and they have available, from them.
One particular merchant, who I won’t name, has treated me so
well that I consider him a friend. I ran into him and his wife
in Pittsburgh a few years ago. They were having a
social drink and I insisted on purchasing that drink for them.
That is the least I could do for someone who has treated me so
well and whom I consider a friend. We exchanged a few
pleasantries and then I excused myself out of respect for this
man and his wife. After all, they obviously didn’t drive to Pittsburgh to visit with
Over the past year or so we have seen signs all around our area
encouraging us to “Support Our Local Economy.” I whole-heartedly
agree with that philosophy. I especially agree with it when a
local merchant even acts like they care about me and the local
patrons. Many of them genuinely care.
I just wonder if I’m asking too much when I ask that we all,
especially the local merchants, carry this idea of supporting
our local economy another step further by suggesting that we all
“Support Our American Economy” by buying only American-made
products. I realize that this isn’t always possible. But we’ll
never turn it around unless we try. I used to purchase Hanover and Dexter shoes.
was made in Franklin,
West Virginia and Dexter was made in
area. Neither is in those areas any longer, not to mention the
boot factory in Nelsonville, that no longer exists.
If we don’t buy locally and if we don’t buy American how many
merchants and/or businesses will there be left locally or in America? If they are all gone what
will our standard of living be?
Truly, I wish for all a bright, healthy, prosperous 2010. God
bless America. Let’s
stand up for each other. Buy local - buy American.
by Taylor Abbott
A permanent 2010 budget totaling more than $20 million was
approved at the Dec. 28 meeting of Monroe County Commissioners.
Jeanette Harter, director, Job and Family Services, who works
with the county budget, presented the budget with one item of
discussion. She noted that there will be a partial carryover of
funds which will be left unappropriated in the new budget. These
monies can be used where necessary when needed.
With a slightly larger budget than last year, the General Fund
was approved at $4,125,500.14. All other county departments were
approved at $15,954,472.27 bringing the total 2010 permanent
budget to $20,079,972.41.
The commissioners’ budget for 2010 shows a total of $92,452.55;
auditor’s budget, $123,025.37 and the treasurer’s budget is
for the sheriff’s office was $947,094.20 plus the jail budget at
$96,464.96. Items such as transports, meals and medical expenses
are paid from the jail budget.
The actual amount of money spent in 2009 from the General Fund
In other business, Commission President John Pyles made a motion
to approve three individuals to the county’s Public Defenders
Commission. Serving will be Attorney Bill Frank, Jim Heimann and
Manifred Keylor, all of Woodsfield.
Grizzle Ridge resident John Huffman attended the meeting
concerning construction of a waterline on Grizzle Ridge.
Pyles noted that a feasibility study was conducted in March
2009 on seven Grizzle Ridge homes asking for a water supply.
According to Huffman, engineer Jeff Vaughn,
St. Clairsville, conducted the study.
Huffman, in a telephone interview, said that the ultimate
decision to extend water to Grizzle Ridge rests with the
Switzerland of Ohio Water Board. He noted that they are working
diligently to make water on Grizzle Ridge a reality for those
residents. Huffman then thanked the commissioners for their
continued support of this matter.
The Ohio School Board Association is celebrating School Board
Recognition Month in order to build awareness and understanding
of the vital function an elected board of education plays in
School Board Recognition Month honors the members of
Ohio’s 719 city, exempted village, local and joint
vocational boards of education and educational service centers
governing boards for their commitment to providing quality
public education to
Ohio’s school children.
Gov. Ted Strickland has declared January as Board of Education
The Switzerland of Ohio School District is joining with other
districts throughout the state to recognize the important
contributions school board members make to their communities.
Serving the Switzerland of Ohio on the school board are, Scott
Dierkes, Ron Winkler and Teresa Gallagher, whose terms end
December 2011 and Jeff Williamson, who begins his second term
this month and Janet Schwall, who begins her first term this
Read more in the Beacon...
Ordinance Enacted for Woodsfield
by Taylor Abbott
Woodsfield Village Council, at the request of Mayor Bill Bolon,
unanimously adopted an emergency ordinance.
During the recent meeting held on Jan. 4, council declared an
emergency for the village and passed emergency ordinance
1111-10. It will appropriate temporary funds for village
operations. Council adopted the ordinance after its reading.
In other business, village council held a swift election for
Council President. Ballots were cast twice after a tie between
two councilmen resulted from the first vote. Mike Cox was then
declared the winner.
Council will hold its next meeting Jan. 19 due to the holiday.
LEONA M. KANZIG
Leona M. Kanzig, 88, Clarinda Dr., Clarington, died
Dec. 27, 2009 at Woodsfield Nursing and
Center, Woodsfield. She
was born Sept. 13, 1921 in Powhatan Point, a daughter of the
late Lewis and Laura Mullett Kanzig.
She was a retired postal worker, and a Protestant by faith.
Surviving are several cousins, including Delphia Kindelberger of
Beallsville, and a special friend, Tammy Monahan of Clarington.
Friends were received Dec. 30 at Grisell Funeral Home,
Clarington, where funeral services were held Dec. 31, with Rev.
Richard Wilson officiating. Burial was in
Sympathy expressions at: grisellfuneralhomes.com
ILA M. HARDESTY
Ila M. Hardesty, 74, Beverly, formerly of Summerfield, went to
be with her Lord and Saviour on Dec. 28, 2009 at
Hospital. She was born June 7, 1935
in Summerfield, a daughter of the late Charles and Hazel
She was a retired bookkeeper and was a member of Belpre Church
of Christ. She was a wonderful Christian example to everyone she
knew, a gentle loving person who was loved and will be missed by
Surviving are two daughters, Elaine (Paul) Moore of Roanoke,
Va., Joni (Greg) Adams of Waterford; two sisters, Mary Belle
Larrick, Elizabeth “Betty” Wise, both of Summerfield; and seven
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Charles E. Hardesty on May 17, 2006; two brothers, John
and Herzel Dailey; and two sisters, Wanda Leach and Virginia
Friends were received Dec. 30 at Belpre Church of Christ, then
received at Brubach-Watters Funeral Home, Summerfield, until
time of services Dec. 31, with Ron Laugherty officiating. Burial
followed in Eastern Cemetery,
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson
Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Ave./Bob Hope Road,
or to the Belpre Church of Christ,
2932 Washington Blvd., Belpre, OH 45714.
Online condolences may be expressed
WILLIAM E. SWALLOW
William “Bill” Eugene Swallow, 79, Beallsville, died
Dec. 31, 2009 in Liza’s Place, Valley Hospice
Wheeling. He was
born Feb. 19, 1930 near Beallsville, a son of the late William
O. and Iva L. Sumption Swallow.
He was an avid farmer, a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean
Conflict, a retired employee of Conalco, Hannibal, and also a
member of Sunsbury Lodge #362 F & A.M.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Donna Lee Saffield Swallow;
two sons, Mark (Joan) Swallow of Beallsville, Jan (Rosalea)
Swallow of Woodsfield; six grandchildren, Alyssa, Amy, Abby,
Austin, Elaina, Westin; a sister, Winnie (Bob) Shover of Grove
City; several nieces and nephews, including two nephews, Tom
Ricer of Lucasville, Terry (Jenny) Ricer of Beallsville, who
made their home with Bill and his wife, Donna Lee; a
brother-in-law, Norman Johnston of Doylestown.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four
sisters, Vivian Hinds, Irene Ricer, Marybel Smith and Cleo
Friends were received Jan. 3 at Harper Funeral Home,
Beallsville, where funeral services were held Jan. 4, with
Pastor Tina Gallaher officiating. Burial followed in
Masonic services were conducted Jan. 3 at the funeral home and
military honors were presented by American Legion Post 768 prior
to the funeral service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Liza’s Place, c/o Valley
Hospice, 10686 Route 150,
Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net
ROBERT W. McCARTY
Robert “Bob” W. McCarty, 61,
33044 Morrison Lane, Fly, formerly of Lima, died Dec. 31, 2009 at his home. He was
born Jan. 29, 1948 at
Lima, a son of the late John Jackson
McCarty and Glenna P. Christian McCarty Shockency.
He was the former owner of Hillcrest Manor in Lewisville; a U.S. Navy veteran and was a
former board member for MACO.
Surviving are two daughters, Kim (Richard, Jr.) Houser of
Lewisville, Bobbi McCarty of Celina; two sisters, Linda (Larry)
Young of Woodsfield, Diana (Bruce) Burkholder of Lima; two
grandchildren, Kameron McCarty, Shay Staugler; a great-grandson,
Emmit McCarty; his companion, Lois McIntire of Fly.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his
wife, Laura E. Martin McCarty; a sister, Debra Oliver; and a
half-sister, Cheryl Crawford.
Friends were received Jan. 5. Burial followed at the convenience
of the family.
Online condolences may be expressed